13 May 2021

Coromandel coast scallop beds in crisis - report

From Morning Report, 8:55 am on 13 May 2021

A new report shows the once plentiful scallop beds on the Coromandel coast are in crisis.

As part of the report, which was backed by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council, a dive survey found that in some areas of Opito Bay divers were able to find an average of one legal-size scallop per 26 square meters of sea bed.

The results come after local iwi Ngati Hei called a rahui in the area - one locals have rallied behind.

Sam Woolford is the project lead for LegaSea, part of the Coromandel Scallop Restoration Team.

He spoke to Corin Dann.